Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Schopenhauer meets Maynard G. Krebs…

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

The Asphalt Warrior by Gary Reilly Running Meter Press, Denver, 200 pages ISBN: 978-0-984786-0-0-8 What if the gloomy 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer drove a cab in Denver? What if Schopenhauer, crossed with Maynard G Krebs (you do know who that is, don’t you?) by way of comedian Steven Wright, chased fares in the […]

Live and let love

Friday, June 29th, 2012

(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books.) Let’s see, a new novel by John Irving. Wrestling? Check. Gender confusion? Check. Northern New England? Check. Vienna? Check. Bears? No. Charm? Check. A closer look. Right off the bat, we understand the title—here’s the novel’s epigraph: “Thus play I in one person […]

Think Seinfeld and Kramer meet Elmore Leonard and Herman Melville…

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

A Naked Singularity University of Chicago Press, May 2012 by Sergio De La Pava (This review was published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, May 2012) Crack open this fat novel with the zingy black and white moiré cover, retro-psychedelia in all its head-trip glory, and you are faced with an ominous epigraph, two […]

He do the desert in different voices…

Monday, March 19th, 2012

(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books on March 19, 2012.) Astronaut David Bowman, after painfully decommissioning the charming rogue supercomputer HAL as they approach Jupiter’s moon Iapetus in the 1968 film 2001 A Space Odyssey, confronts a space oddity. To those of us who saw the epic movie by […]

Fly me to the moons, 1Q84 review – an Editor’s Pick on Open Salon

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Now appearing on the cover (today anyway) of Open Salon, an Editor’s Pick – cool.